“Sex, race and class”: Selma James


There has been enough confusion generated when sex, race, and class have confronted each other as separate and even confl icting entities. Th at they are separate entities is self-evident. Th at they have proven themselves to be not separate, inseparable, is harder to discern. Yet if sex and race are pulled away from class, virtually all that remains is the truncated, provincial, sectarian politics of the white male metropolitan Left . I hope to show in barest outline, fi rst, that the working class movement is something other than that Left have ever envisioned it to be. Second, locked within the contradiction between the discrete entity of sex or race and the totality of class is the greatest deterrent to working class power and at the same time the creative energy to achieve that power.

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